[Milton-L] Bentley's rewrite

Angelica Duran aduran at cla.purdue.edu
Wed Aug 2 15:03:18 EDT 2006

Dear Jeffrey,

That's what we are here for.  Here is is, per page 399 of the EEBO version
(Milton, John. _Milton¹s Paradise lost. A new edition, by Richard Bentley_,
D.D. London, 1732. 437pp.):

645  Some natural tears they drop'd, but wip'd them soon:
     The World was All before them, where to choose
     Their place of Rest; and Providence their guide :
  *  They hand in hand with wand'ring steps and slow,
649  Through Eden took their solitary way.

  * THEN hand in hand with SOCIAL steps their way
    Through Eden took, WITH HEAV'NLY COMFORT CHEER'D.

All the caps and spellings are correct. Tell me if you need to know where
italics are (variously in lines 648-9, both versions).


Angelica Duran
(765) 496-3957
<duran0 at cla.purdue.edu>

> From: Jeffrey Shoulson <jshoulson at miami.edu>
> Reply-To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2006 14:54:37 -0400
> To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Subject: [Milton-L] Bentley's rewrite
> I hate to impose upon this learned list for help in a matter that, if I
> had proper access to a full library, I would be able to handle on my
> own.  Since I am not right now in the position to consult such a
> library, however, I wonder if anyone out there can send me, or point to
> a site on the web where I can find, Bentley's awful, tone-deaf
> rewriting on the last lines of Paradise Lost.
> Thanks,
> Jeffrey Shoulson
> Jeffrey S. Shoulson, Ph. D.
> Associate Professor of English and Judaic Studies
> University of Miami
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